Piedras Blancas Light Station
Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 129
An agreement is being worked out with California State Parks at nearby Hearst Castle. State Parks will share expertise in resource protection, site restoration, public safety and fire protection, interpretation, and visitor management. The Bureau of Land Management plans to make Piedras Blancas a part of the new California Coastal National Monument, while promoting protection and public appreciation of this beautiful spot on the coast.
Tower Height: 74
Height of Focal Plane: 142
Characteristic and Range: White flash every 10 seconds.
Description of Tower: White brick conical tower with lantern removed.
This light is operational
1960 ranch style brick keeper's house, 1906 brick fog signal building, oil house, office, pump house. A 1906 keeper's dwelling was moved and is now a private home in Cambria.
Date Established: 1875
Date Present Tower Built: 1879
Date Automated: 1975
Optics: 1879: First order bivalve Fresnel lens (now on display on Main Street in Cambria in reconstruction of lighthouse lantern); 1949: DCB-224.
Fog Signal: Originally air whistle; now automatic fog horn.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? Yes (limited basis).
Public tours are on selected days only and are by reservation. The tours originate at the Hearst Castle visitor center. To make Lighthouse Tour reservations, call (888) 804-8608.
The lighthouse can be seen about a mile north of San Simeon on Highway 1 from the entrance to the station. To the lighthouse lens: On Highway 1 about 8 miles south of the lighthouse, turn left at Moonstone Beach Drive. Turn right to continue on Main Street (Business Route 1); the lens is a few blocks ahead on the right.
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places